Management Team

Gary Wilcox, Ph.D.

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Gary Wilcox has over 35 years of experience in biotech companies.  Prior to Cocrystal, he served for 14 years as Executive Vice President of Operations and a member of the Board of Directors at Icos Corporation (Nasdaq: ICOS), where he played a key role in the development of Cialis. Prior to that, he served as Vice Chairman, Executive Vice President and a Director of Xoma Corporation (Nasdaq: XOMA). Prior to Xoma, Dr. Wilcox co-founded Ingene Inc. (Nasdaq: IGEI) serving as its Chairman, President and CEO prior to the merger of Ingene into Xoma. Dr. Wilcox was a Professor of Microbiology and a member of the Molecular Biology Institute at UCLA for 10 years. He has served on 15 boards of directors including Nasdaq, New York and London stock exchange companies, as well as private technology companies.

Sam Lee, Ph.D.


Dr. Sam Lee has over 25 years of anti-infective drug discovery research experience. Prior to Cocrystal, he managed anti-infective drug discovery projects for eight years at Icos Corporation (Nasdaq: ICOS).  At Icos, Dr. Lee was responsible for incorporating protein crystallography and structural screening technologies into Icos research and played a key role for developing phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) delta inhibitors, which ultimately yielded an FDA approved product. He received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame, and completed postdoctoral training in viral biochemistry with Dr. I. R. Lehman at Stanford University. While at Stanford, Dr. Lee founded and was CEO of Viral Assays in Cupertino, CA.

James J. Martin

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. James Martin has over 25 years of finance and management experience including providing financial leadership to commercial-stage, publicly traded health science companies. Prior to Cocrystal, Mr. Martin served as the Chief Financial Officer of Motus GI (Nasdaq: MOTS), a medical device company. From September 2014 to November 2016 he served as the Chief Financial Officer of VBI Vaccines, Inc. (formerly SciVac Therapeutics, Inc.) (Nasdaq: VBIV), a pharmaceutical development and manufacturing company. From April 2014 to September 2015, Mr. Martin served as Chief Financial Officer of Vapor Corp, Inc. (Nasdaq: VPCO), a vaporizer retail and wholesale company. From January 2011 to October 2013, Mr. Martin served as Chief Financial Officer of SafeStitch prior to its merger with TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC). Mr. Martin also serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Non-Invasive Monitoring Systems, Inc. (OTCPink: NIMU), a company marketing non-invasive medical devices. Mr. Martin holds an undergraduate degree in business administration and an MBA from Barry University in Miami. He is a Certified Public Accountant.